Sacred Space

Seventh Annual Art History Graduate Student Research Symposium

Date & Time:

Friday, October 7, 2016
6:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday, Oct. 7: Keynote Address and Reception, starting at 6 PM | Saturday, Oct. 8: Graduate Student Paper Presentations from 8:30 AM - 4 PM


University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium

Keynote Address:

Dr. Dell Upton presents ‘Sacred Histories’
Professor of Architectural History at University of California, Los Angeles
Friday, October 7
6pm, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium

Graduate Student Presentations:

Saturday, October 8
8:30am - 4pm, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium

This year’s selected graduate student research papers will address the intersections of sacred space and the visual arts. Please click through for a complete list of the presenters.

The act of denoting a space, place, or object as extraordinary – identifying it as sacred – is  a fundamental component of the human experience. Across all cultures and time, people have sacralized space to commemorate past events and create places of ritual and worship. Our impulse to establish sacred space is as relevant today as it was millennia ago. The spiritual or venerable nature of a space is not defined by the size or formality of its structure. Spontaneous memorials that spring up at the sites of tragedies around the world share their motivations with ancient pyramids of the Americas, cathedrals of Medieval Europe and imperial palaces in China. What deems a site, building or memorial sacred? What is the role of the sacred in today’s increasingly globalized and multicultural experience?


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